Local arts and entertainment entities got a boost from the B.C. government recently.
The B.C. government announced $30 million in one-time grants to nearly 700 fairs, festivals and events across 134 communities in the province so that they may resume with COVID-19 safety in mind. The Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival and the Harrison Festival of the Arts will benefit from these grants.
The Fall Fair and Corn Festival receives just over $16,000 in grant funding, and the Harrison Festival receives about $51,000. The grant amounts for each event can be as much as 20 per cent of the total budget for a maximum of $250,000.
Successful applicants demonstrated economic and social benefits to the community as well as community support for the event. The grant money could be used in a variety of ways, including marketing, operations and health and safety measures.
“”Arts and cultural events allow people to express themselves and their passions, and benefit us all by boosting our local economies and creating a sense of community,” said Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon in a statement.